The BC Government has repeatedly identified that the forest sector needs to adopt innovative practices in its journey to revitalization. However, their recent change to the Manufactured Forest Products Regulation questions, Is BC Government serious about innovation
Moving to a new BC wood manufacturing sector will not be quick or easy! As outlined in Building a diversified mfg sector-challenges_1, there are challenges to overcome in this transition. It will be a journey, not an event requiring:
- Politicians thinking strategically beyond a one-term election period or political ideology,
- Politicians adopting a business environment that addresses the needs of investors, profitability of companies and acknowledging current and future markets,
- Companies committing support for a secondary wood manufacturing sector, and
- Communities being realistic and supporting local investments in secondary wood manufacturing.
The Forest Amendment Act-Bill 22 has created industry and community uncertainty and lacks reference to a BC wood manufacturing sector vision. Bill Bourgeois provides comments and suggested actions in Bill 22 – comments.
Government’s Forest Sector Revitalization initiative has generated a great deal of consultation, uncertainty and stress within the industry, investors, suppliers, communities and Government itself. It is fragmented without a vision for the wood manufacturing sector. Government has taken the approach “we are in a transition from the current forest sector to a new forest sector and it will take time to evolve.” The lack of a vision and counting on broad consultations to provide the leadership is problematic. Bill Bourgeois provides his comments and suggested actions to achieve a sustainable wood manufacturing sector that contributes toward achieving community resiliency in a New manufacturing sector-Action plan
Spearhead http://www.spearhead.ca/company has created an amazing wood structure in the Kootenays http://archinect.com/features/article/150015839/after-being-destroyed-in-a-fire-canadian-firm-patkau-architects-rebuilds-the-temple-of-light We need more of this! The creation of clusters and encouraging innovative value-added manufacturing requires Government leadership, especially in the form of reducing barriers Building through clusters (1).
BC produces a wide range of very impressive products from BC forests. A graphic description of examples-of-bc-wood-products are presented to bring this to the attention of British Columbians and others interested in some of the output from forest management.
October 2015 FP Innovations presents its program describing use of technology in Aboriginal art.